Vice President for Academic Affairs

Franklin, Massachusetts
$155,000.00 - $170,000.00
Jul 01, 2019
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Dean College is a thriving private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community since 1865, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.

Consistently recognized as a Top Regional College and a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report and named a College of Distinction for four consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 300 part-time students and offers over 50 combined baccalaureate and associate degree programs, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies and certificate programs. Approximately 90 percent of the College’s student population lives on campus.

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on student engagement and exceptional teaching. The Dean Difference is exemplified through each student’s commitment to their professional future, social responsibility and leadership. Outside of the classroom, students participate on 15 athletic teams and in more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our baccalaureate degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations, such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports and Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.


The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) reports to the President and serves as Chief Academic Officer. The Vice President is a member of an innovative senior leadership team; provides leadership and management to all academic units; oversees the ongoing review of curriculum and assessment; and provides vision and strategic leadership as an agent of innovation and change. The Vice President directs and manages the curriculum strategic planning process, accreditation and state degree approval processes and ensures that the College curriculum reflects the Mission of the College. The VPAA oversees the School of the Arts, School of Business, Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance and the School of Liberal Arts.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Directs all matters relating to curriculum and instruction
  • Motivates, mentors and leads the Academic Affairs Leadership Team including the School Deans and the Faculty
  • Oversees administrative policy, staffing and budgets for all academic programs
  • Identifies and leads the development and implementation of innovative curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning delivery initiatives in accordance with institutional goals
  • Develops and advances all strategic and operational plans for Academic Affairs
  • Oversees the development, implementation and assessment of faculty development and performance initiatives
  •  Assists the President with special projects as needed


  • 10-15 years senior management experience in higher education required
  • Ed.D./PhD and record of teaching excellence experience required
  • Prior experience with development and delivery of curriculum for undergraduate students including experience managing NECHE and the Department of Higher Education accrediting and approval processes
  • Experience managing budgets and corresponding academic planning including development of new degree programs, plans for appropriate instructional technology to enhance the learning and delivery experience, and creating and implementing innovative curriculum and delivery systems
  • Experience developing and managing articulation agreements, academic and entrepreneurial partnerships and collaborations


The retiring Vice President for Academic Affairs has left a legacy of innovation in collaboration with the faculty and the Senior Management Team to implement new baccalaureate degree programs in Athletic Coaching and Recreation Management, Biology, Communications, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, Early Childhood Education, Entertainment Industry Management, Exercise Science, Marketing, Sports Broadcasting, and Sport Management. In addition, the College introduced a B.F.A. in Dance and ensured that all Associate Degree programs have a pathway into a four-year Dean baccalaureate degree program or at a partnership institution.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the driving force behind efforts of continuous improvement and innovation in teaching and learning. The most recent evolution of The Dean Difference is the Dean Career Advantage (DCA) initiative which will provide a significant impact in ensuring that Dean students are prepared to join and thrive in the workplace. Through the development of career-readiness courses, new experiential requirements in all programs to reinforce a career mindset, Dean is positioned for tremendous growth and significant opportunity.

Dean College is poised to become a leader among small, liberal arts, baccalaureate institutions. It is a place that prioritizes high quality teaching, creates a challenging but supportive environment for all students, and emphasizes excellence and accountability among students, faculty, and staff. The College’s finances are sound, the infrastructure is attractive, the faculty and staff are talented and dedicated, the campus is beautiful, and the community of Franklin is a desirable place to work and live.

Dean College is seeking an energetic, innovative, and entrepreneurial VPAA who is eager and willing to work diligently to guide the academic affairs of the College toward excellence in teaching and learning and prepare Dean graduates for meaningful careers and lives of purpose. The ideal candidate will lead the implementation of new programs of study and deliver the promise of The Dean Difference. A person with the courage to envision and implement change with authenticity and creativity, and lead a dedicated and talented faculty to the next level of teaching and learning, will not only distinguish Dean as a leader in higher education, but will find fulfillment and reward in providing the leadership that enables Dean College to reach its full potential.


Proactive Transition Management (PTM) and its President, Peter T. Mitchell, will serve as the College’s executive search consultant. Please submit nominations and inquiries of interest to Dr. Mitchell via email [email protected]

Applicants will apply through the Dean College Employment Portal and include a letter of interest that directly addresses how the experiences, expertise and leadership style of the candidate align with The Dean Difference as articulated on the Dean College website; a current curriculum vitae; and contact information for four professional references.

INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered.

Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, application materials are due by July 26, 2019. Dean is optimistic that the new VPAA will start on September 3, 2019 when students arrive on campus. All inquiries, applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.

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